A report in Thursday’s (7/2) St. Louis Business Journal states, “The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra‘s revenue increased 15 percent for the 2008-2009 season compared to last year. SLSO reported revenue of $5.57 million for the season that ended Sunday, up from $4.84 million during last year’s season. Total attendance for the season was up nearly 8 percent to 178,837, compared to 165,865 last year. Per-concert attendance was also up nearly 8 percent to 1,641, which included 12 near-capacity or sold-out performances. Per-concert attendance was 1,522 last year. Fred Bronstein, president and executive director, attributed the symphony’s increase in revenue and attendance to its offering concerts featuring popular music as a way to attract new audiences. … The symphony is increasing its presence on the radio and has partnered with St. Louis’ local classical station KFUO Classic 99 to feature arrangements from the SLSO archives and starting Sept. 26, weekly live Saturday evening broadcasts of the Wells Fargo Advisors Orchestral Series 2009-10 season.”

Photo: David Robertson leads the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Credit: Scott Furgeson

Posted July 2, 2009